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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Ecce Homo

I've never had a problem with those who question the decision to topple Saddam, or those who question the Bush Administration's competence, whether in Iraq or New Orleans.

But those who have questioned what's in the president's heart, his very humanity, as if it were all about oil or a disdain for black people, they've crossed the line of their own humanity by anointing themselves worthy to judge him as a human being.

Bush tells biographer: 'I do tears'
Associated Press Writer
Bush Biography

A tear runs down President Bush's cheek as he takes part in a Medal of Honor Ceremony for Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham of Scio, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Bush granted journalist Robert Draper several extended interviews in late 2006 and early 2007, as well as unusual access to his aides, for the book "Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush," which went on sale Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.

Under that famously self-confident exterior is a president who weeps---a lot.

President Bush told the author of a new book on his presidency that "I try not to wear my worries on my sleeve" or show anything less than steadfastness in public, especially in a time of war.

"I fully understand that the enemy watches me, the Iraqis are watching me, the troops watch me, and the people watch me," he said. Yet, he said, "I do tears."

"I've got God's shoulder to cry on. And I cry a lot. I do a lot of crying in this job. I'll bet I've shed more tears than you can count, as president. I'll shed some tomorrow."


Matt Huisman said...

The irony of the whole situation is that it is literally impossible to do what Bush has done in Iraq unless you care.

A lot.

Unknown said...

No, the irony is that he wouldn't have to shed so many tears if he wasn't such a screw-up. The world wouldn't have to shed so many tears either.

Whose "humanity" made Iraq a money printing machine for Halliburton? Yeah, I question his heart and his intentions and the intentions of his associates. Yeah, I feel so terribly sorry for someone who screwed up so royally, and is now just counting the dollars he'll make with his post-presidency speeches. My, what a big heart. I'll bet he gets it from his mom - "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths...? It's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" Yep, the family wears its heart on its sleeve.